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Colette Byrne

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Mother to a bright 13 year old daughter, Widowed in 2008 & founder of the Irish bereavement website, Widow.ie. Qualified as a Pharmaceutical Technician back in the day, currently working in Accounts.
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Joe Biden’s 2012 advice to grieving families

Joe Biden was Widowed Young News this week US Vice President Joe Biden will visit to Ireland brings to mind a speech he gave back in 2012. In 1972, twenty nine year old Biden was elected to the US Senate. One week after the election he lost both his wife and daughter in a traffic accident that also injured both his sons. Understandably, he almost resigned his seat. Despite his grief, he took the oath of office at the hospital bedside of his injured son Beau.
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Living with Loss

The Irish Hospice Foundation has produced a number of helpful videos dealing with loss and bereavement. This video entitled, ‘Living with Loss’ is four women who share their story. They talk about what it was like after their loved one died and how they were affected by the loss. They tell us what they found helpful and how they have managed to come through the early difficulties of bereavement. In the video they mention the benefit of the Bethany Bereavement Support Group and how it helped them to communicate their loss. Bethany Bereavement Support Group is a voluntary parish based ministry which aims to help the bereaved and grieving.
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Letter which may help the Newly Bereaved

Several years ago the following letter was shared onto our forums. Nobody knows who the original author was or where it came from but what's certain, its one of the most read posts we have.
I'm breathing trust me, that's a huge accomplishment

Inspirational Quotes for the Widowed

There are times when you need a little pep talk or a little encouragement to help keep going. We've gathered a collection of quotes from our Facebook Fan Page we think will help to inspire hope. Feel free to share them.
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Things People Say to Widows

We've all been there, good meaning people who say stupid things. An American group, widowedvillage.org gathered together a number of the more frequently used comments widows and widowers tend to have said to them.

MEDICAL STUDY INTO WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE

World’s Largest Medical Study Into What Happens When We Die What happens when we die is an age old question. People who claim of a Near Death Experience get tagged with being called crackpots or peddling...
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BUDGET 2015

Budget 2015 Pensioners, the disabled and families with children to benefit from Budget 2015. TAX cuts on income and a new Water Charges Relief. Rise in Health spending with the cost of various fees and schemes frozen. ...
Widows Pension Comptroller-Auditor-General-Report

WIDOWS PENSION OVERPAID BY €190,000

Comptroller & Auditor General Report Widows’/widowers’/surviving civil partners’ contributory pension is a weekly payment to the husband, wife or civil partner of a deceased person. It is based on the social insurance record (PRSI) of either the...
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Bridget Jones is a Widow

Bridget Jones and Widowhood The latest instalment of Bridget Jones, due for release 10 October, has caused a bit of a fuss amongst fans and critics. Writer Helen Fielding has killed off Mark Darcy leaving Bridget...
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Widower Receives €68,000 Backdated Pension

Department of Social Protection failed to inform Widower of entitlement to pension. A man whose wife died in 1998 brought a complaint to the Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly. At the time of his wife’s death he...